Are you prepared for snow shoveling season? In the winter, snow and cold are inevitable. With that comes shoveling snow, salting sidewalks, clearing parking lots, and injuries related to these activities. Did you know that annually there are more than 11,500 people that suffer injuries requiring treatment in an emergency room, doctor’s offices, and clinics due to shoveling snow? Research shows that many of these injuries could be prevented if the person doing the shoveling did so in a safe manner.
To help protect you and your employees this winter, here are a few snow shoveling safety tips we recommend when performing outside winter maintenance:
While the holidays are a time to indulge in some sweet treats while surrounded by loved ones, it’s common for many people to gain unwanted weight throughout that time. So, how can you enjoy these salivating treats, while staying healthy during the holidays? The key is moderation. You do not have to say no to these temptations, but do indulge conservatively. Instead of waiting for the buffet lunch or dinner, keep eating normal, balanced meals throughout the day.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 there were 34,860 workplace slip and fall injuries involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. At Society Insurance, the number one loss source for both workers compensation and liability claims are slips and falls.
There are important steps both employees and employers can take to mitigate the risks of walking on ice. (more…)
Just one bad fall on ice can have long-term consequences. Pay attention to the weather and stay inside to avoid icy hazards when you can. When you do venture out, walking in winter requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders.
No matter how well the snow and ice is cleared from parking lots or sidewalks, customers and employees may still encounter some slippery surfaces. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers.
Slip and falls represent a huge liability for business owners. Outdoor surfaces, such as parking lots, sidewalks and walkways, are one of the leading areas for slip and fall accidents. These areas become increasingly more hazardous in the winter with the accumulation of snow and ice. Slip and falls are the number one source of loss for Society Insurance policyholders for both customer and employee injuries.
If you own your property you are responsible for the snow and ice removal. If you are a tenant who leases your space check your lease agreement to see who is responsible for snow and ice removal; it may be you! Whether it is in an effort to save time or money, some business owners opt out of using ice melt on slippery sidewalks and entryways. By doing nothing, business owners open themselves up to customer liability claims as well as employee injury. Business owners should have a winter snow removal and ice treatment plan to prevent customers and employees from slipping and falling. (more…)
Winter is upon us – or very close depending on your tolerance for our current weather. Although most of us like to think we’re pros at traveling in winter weather, it’s never too late for a brief reminder with some tips on how to make sure we arrive at our destination safely. (more…)
If you were a business owner somewhere between Minnesota and Maine this winter, there is a likelihood that your power was interrupted due to the massive ice storm that swept the Midwest and East Coast. If you were able to open, did large icicles hang perilously from your building putting your customers in harm’s way? Don’t forget about that slippery sidewalk and parking lot! What if an employee slips and falls while taking out the trash? What if a customer walks outside and gets hit in the head with an ice chunk or falls down and fractures their hip? Will they (or their lawyer) say that you didn’t properly clear the sidewalk, which caused them to fall? Most importantly, how will that affect your reputation as a business owner? Ice storms can wreak havoc this time of year! (more…)
The insurance tips and trends to help you make smart safety decisions for your business, plus an inside look at Society.